A cyclist in the Vale of Belvoir. Pool of sunlight and overhanging trees, Leicestershire, England.

Places to visit in Leicestershire

Visit Leicestershire, a county as famous for its battlefields as its Balti. Trace the footsteps of King Richard III to Bosworth Fields and reconstruct the War of the Roses. In Leicester, you can time travel past Saxon cathedrals and medieval guildhalls to space discoveries and shopping malls. There’s also a sizzling golden mile of curry houses to enjoy, and further afield from the city this obsession with food doesn’t change. The county can boast a vast covered market and makes veiny stilton cheese. Leicestershire thinks with its belly. Leicestershire has more than its fair share of water. You can boat canal staircases, scuba-dive in flooded quarries and fish in local reservoirs.

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Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Discover the market town of Melton Mowbray, close to the Vale of Belvoir, which translated means ‘beautiful view’.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

 

Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Down on the farm there are tents that think they’re cottages, roll-top baths, proper beds, fresh food, plenty of fresh air, and plenty to see and do.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

 

Enjoy a family getaway at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

The idyllic Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in Leicestershire offers a perfect retreat if you’re looking for a luxurious festive getaway.

Location: Swadlincote, Leicestershire

 

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 

Free-wheeling fun in Leicester & The National Forest

From a city full of fresh cycling ideas, to off-road biking excursions in The National Forest.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

See how The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden enhances the beauty of an already breath-taking place.

Location: Oadby, Leicestershire

 

Enjoy dinner and a show at Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

Not many luxurious English hotels come complete with their own open-air theatre, but Kilworth House has always been a little bit special.

Location: Kilworth, Leicestershire

 

Discover the gruesome past of Leicester's Guildhall

One of the oldest civic buildings in the country, Leicester’s Guildhall stands beside Leicester Cathedral and has many gruesome stories to tell.

Location: Leicester

 

See where Richard III's remains were discovered

The ‘Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King’ exhibition is a must-see for history fans and provides an opportunity to learn more about the King’s life and death.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in Leicester

Explore the sights of Leicester with your loved-one on a city break this winter.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to the Golden Mile.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Rock out at Download Festival

Horn signs at the ready; get set for a weekend of rock as the biggest names in metal take to the stage at Download Festival.

Location: Leicestershire

 

Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

This Christmas, Melton Mowbray town centre goes back in time to offer a traditional Victorian experience at the Victorian Fayre.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 

Enjoy a fun family break in Leicestershire

Treat your children to a fun-filled short break in Leicestershire.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

October events: Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Re-live the Age of Steam at Great Central Railway

Make your childhood dreams come true by driving a steam locomotive train, or sit back and travel in comfort.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

 

Explore Leicestershire’s beautiful waterways at Foxton Locks

Enjoy summer walks past the colourful narrowboats and along the unique waterways surrounded by Leicestershire’s picturesque countryside.

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

 

Hotel Maiyango

Hotel Maiyango is a quirky, original luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and cocktail bar aiming to deliver memorable experiences.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Get lost in the twists and turns of Wistow Maze

Over the summer, pay a visit to the famous Wistow Maze, a versatile puzzle in the English countryside that changes shape each year.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

 

August events: Watch Britain's top cyclists race at Leicester Castle Classic

Get close to the action as some of Britain’s top professional cyclists take part in the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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